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The Best Sports Movies About Coaches

Updated December 9, 2020 5.0k votes 765 voters 87.6k views64 items

List RulesMovies must focus on the coaches of sports teams.

Dealing with the pressures of team management as a coach along with a little bit of off the field drama and you've got awesome movie plot: this coach movies list proves that. We're familiar with Space Jam and Rudy but nothing rings emotionally as deep as a the connection with a struggling coach looking to make bring out the best in people. Inspirational coaching movies include famous actors like Gene Hackman in Hoosiers and Football coach Al Pacino in Any Given Sunday make us feel like we are right there in the action. Other great football and basketball coach movies are Remember the Titans and Coach Carter.

We're looking to you sports jocks and movie buffs to build us an awesome list of great movies that feature the coach as the main character and let the world know which one rank the highest. So what are the best coach movies and the best coaching films? 

What are the best coaching movies? Take a look at this list and decide for yourself.

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    Remember the Titans

    Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling

    Released2000

    Directed byBoaz Yakin

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    Cool Runnings

    John Candy, Malik Yoba

    Released1993

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

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    The Bad News Bears

    Tatum O'Neal, Jackie Earle Haley

    Released1976

    Directed byMichael Ritchie

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    The Replacements

    Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman

    Released2000

    Directed byHoward Deutch

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    Coach Carter

    Samuel L. Jackson, Channing Tatum

    Released2005

    Directed byThomas Carter

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    The Mighty Ducks

    Emilio Estevez, Joss Ackland

    Released1992

    Directed byStephen Herek

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    A League of Their Own

    Madonna, Tom Hanks

    Released1992

    Directed byPenny Marshall

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    Any Given Sunday

    Cameron Diaz, Al Pacino

    Released1999

    Directed byOliver Stone

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    Hoosiers

    Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper

    Released1986

    Directed byDavid Anspaugh

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    Miracle

    Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson

    Released2004

    Directed byGavin O'Connor

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    We Are Marshall

    Matthew McConaughey, Kate Mara

    Released2006

    Directed byJoseph McGinty Nichol

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    Friday Night Lights

    Amber Heard, Connie Britton

    Released2004

    Directed byPeter Berg

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    Glory Road

    Emily Deschanel, Jon Voight

    Released2006

    Directed byJames Gartner

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    Radio

    Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris

    Released2003

    Directed byMichael Tollin

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    Little Giants

    Alexa Vega, Rick Moranis

    Released1994

    Directed byDuwayne Dunham

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    Little Big League

    Jason Robards Jr., Jeff Garlin

    Released1994

    Directed byAndrew Scheinman

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    The Color of Money

    Tom Cruise, Paul Newman

    Released1986

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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    The Rookie

    Dennis Quaid, Brian Cox

    Released2002

    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

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    D2: The Mighty Ducks

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wayne Gretzky

    Released1994

    Directed bySam Weisman

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    Moneyball

    Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill

    Released2011

    Directed byBennett Miller

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    Chak De! India

    Shah Rukh Khan, Mohit Chauhan

    Released2007

    Directed byShimit Amin

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    Bad News Bears

    Billy Bob Thornton, Marcia Gay Harden

    Released2005

    Directed byRichard Linklater

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    Slap Shot

    Paul Newman, M. Emmet Walsh

    Released1977

    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

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    Hardball

    Keanu Reeves, Diane Lane

    Released2001

    Directed byBrian Robbins

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    Space Jam

    Michael Jordan, Bill Murray

    Released1996

    Directed byJoe Pytka

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